John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton

Well, I'm off to Portland, OR next week. I'm doing training on a version of the software that I'm not familiar with in order to convince these folks to upgrade to the latest (or a more recent) release. Should be a good time. Getting there is going to be a pain in the ass, as always. I hate flying. I'm not scared of flying, I just hate it. I hate the f*cking TSA rent-a-nazis, I hate the seats that were made for leprechauns, I hate everything about it. If I had my druthers, I'd drive there. But I don't. That's life, I guess.

Mary and I have spent most of the weekend watching movies. We rented a ton of them the other day, and just got around to watching them. We saw Be Cool, a followup to Get Shorty, also written by Elmore Leonard, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended. We also rented a couple of classics, Scarface and Taxi Driver. Violent, yes, but excellent, and even though they were both long and intense, they kept our interest. (I had always been led to believe that Jodi Foster had a much larger role in Taxi Driver. And, just for the record, Travis Bickle would have done society a favor by knocking off the politician and his smarmy hangers-on.) And, we saw Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, which we liked a lot, and Beyond The Sea, which was excellent, although I have to agree with Mary that Kevin Spacey, although putting on a tremendous show, was too old to play Bobby Darin. (And, for those of you who know what I'm talking about, Diedrich Bader from Congeniality and Kate Bosworth from Sea would make an excellent Nikki and Lana, respectively.)

Haven't written anything for the mailing list in a little over two months, apart from the "yes, I'm still here, sorta" posts, and haven't missed it (and, evidently, haven't been missed either). Haven't written anything of any consequence in two months, either. A couple of LJ entries, a half hour or so of scribbles at Starbucks, but nothing of any consequence. I'm thinking of a movie adaptation of Mr. Ed, with Cedric the Entertainer as Wilbur and the voice of Chris Rock as the voice of Ed (in which case, it'd be Mr. F*cking Ed). It'd suck, but Hollywood would buy it.

Off to pick up my training materials soon. I went to a different print shop, they did a proof for me, and it was nearly perfect. It's nice to work with professionals.

Later Edit: Training materials are done perfectly, as I expected.

Also forgot to mention that we saw Diary of a Mad Black Woman. We were led to believe that it was a comedy, and in parts it was, but it was more of a romance movie. Still, very good.

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